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post #1 of 19 Old 08-02-2012, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Sun Screen For a Burnt Nose

So, my poor man came in from the pasture yesterday with some pretty nasty sunburn and blisters on his nose. It hadn't been a problem until know because it's been so hot that the horses were spending the daylight hours under their run-in, but now that it has cooled down they've been grazing out in the sun. I have a fly mask with a nose on him now, but it's pretty much impossible to keep one on him. So my question is, what's the best sun screen to use on a horse's nose? What lasts the longest and is the most effective. Also, what's the best way to help heal his burn and alleviate some of the pain? I cleaned it off yesterday and rubbed some Skin-So-Soft on it, but I'm wondering if there is anything that works better and will help heal it faster. Thanks!

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post #2 of 19 Old 08-02-2012, 11:40 AM
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Put Desitin on it, or zinc oxide, can get it from DG pretty cheap. Lasts the longest, and is most cost effective too.
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post #3 of 19 Old 08-02-2012, 11:41 AM
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The only way I know to heal his burn is to stop the sun from burning it further. I keep my really light horses in during the day and let them out at night, if one gets a burn. I use long nosed fly masks and I put Banana Boat SPF 50 on them as well, even the parts under the masks. They really seem to appreciate it once you do it a few times.

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post #4 of 19 Old 08-02-2012, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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My guy is on field board so no inside. And I wish I could keep a long nosed fly mask on him, but it's proving pretty difficult.

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I wouldnt put Skin so soft on it as it is oil based and can make it burn further. best remedy is good old pure aloe with vitamin E same as what we use on our sunburns then apply a aloe based sunblock when turning him out.
If you do turn him out at night apply a good amount of bug spray if you got a issue with mosquitos.

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post #6 of 19 Old 08-02-2012, 12:01 PM
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We use WaterBabies sunscreen .. it's waterproof so stays on after they drink and when they sweat. My bff has a fewspot leopard with totally pink skin around his eyes and nose .. works beautifully on him.

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post #7 of 19 Old 08-02-2012, 12:04 PM
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I use either Waterbabies or the Coppertone baby sun screen - whichever is cheaper.
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Ive always used diaper rash cream! And it works fantastically

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post #9 of 19 Old 08-04-2012, 06:06 AM
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I have a bald faced horse that's always burned in the past, but this year I got her a cachel long nose mask and I put Nutragena spf100 on her in the mornings.

I do keep her in during the day as well.

Just curious, what fly masks have you tried that don't stay on?

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post #10 of 19 Old 08-04-2012, 07:07 AM
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It's almost impossible to prevent in some cases, but use a generic high SPF lotion. Look for a fragrance free one if you can. Some horses fuss putting very smelly ones near their nose.
For burns use generic diaper rash cream (zinc oxide). Works miracles.
Note about fly masks. If your horse sweats a lot, keep an eye on the skin behind the ears and at the crest under the mask. Our sorrel horses sweat a lot and trapping all that wet at/under the mask band will cause a sore after a while.
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